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I would be interested in finding out exactly what it is you are typing out on the command line in order to delete a layout. I have not heard of this method. I know AutoCAD usually has more than one way of doing things.
I assume it is a paper space layout tab you are deleting.
The way I do it is to simply make the unwanted layout tab active first ( tab turns white) and whilst the cursor is over the offending tab right click it & select delete from the context sensitive menu that pops up. By holding down ‘control’ on your keyboard, you can select more than one tab should you wish.
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When something doesn’t work, I just shout at the screen. It doesn’t make anything happen, but I feel a lot better.